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Italian Wine

Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from red, white and sparkling wines. Wine grapes grow in every region throughout Italy—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean.

Italian Wine Regions

Naturally, most Italian wine regions enjoy a Mediterranean climate and a notable coastline, if not coastline on all borders, as is the case with the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. The Alps in the northern regions of Valle d'Aosta, Lombardy and Alto Adige create favorable conditions for cool-climate grape varieties. The Apennine Mountains, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south, affect climate, grape variety and harvest periods throughout. Considering the variable terrain and conditions, it is still safe to say that most high quality viticulture in Italy takes place on picturesque hillsides.

Italian Grape Varieties

Italy boasts more indigenous grape varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most Italian wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but are declining in popularity, especially as younger growers take interest in reviving local varieties. Most important are Sangiovese, reaching its greatest potential in Tuscany, as well as Nebbiolo, the prized grape of Piedmont, producing single varietal, age-worthy Piedmontese wines. Other important varieties include Corvina, Montepulciano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola and of course the white wines, Trebbiano, Verdicchio and Garganega. The list goes on.

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  • Lagaria Merlot (1.5L) 1998
    Merlot from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • Fabiano Merlot (1.5 L) 1998
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      • Fabiano Pinot Grigio (1.5 L) 1998
        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
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        • Fabiano Chardonnay (1.5 L) 1998
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          • Cecchi Chianti (1.5 L) 1998 Front Label
            Cecchi Chianti (1.5 L) 1998
            Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Mezzacorona Merlot (1.5 L) 1998 Front Label
              Mezzacorona Merlot (1.5 L) 1998
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              • Lagaria Chardonnay (1.5L) 1998
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                • Zenato Pinot Grigio (1.5L) 1998 Front Label
                  Zenato Pinot Grigio (1.5L) 1998
                  Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
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                  • Bolla Sangiovese (1.5 L) 1998 Front Label
                    Bolla Sangiovese (1.5 L) 1998
                    Sangiovese from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                    • Straccali Chianti (1.5L) 1998 Front Label
                      Straccali Chianti (1.5L) 1998
                      Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Cecchi Sangiovese di Toscana (1.5L) 1998 Front Label
                        Cecchi Sangiovese di Toscana (1.5L) 1998
                        Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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                        • Mezzacorona Chardonnay (1.5L) 1998 Front Label
                          Mezzacorona Chardonnay (1.5L) 1998
                          Chardonnay from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                          • Frescobaldi Remole Chianti (1.5 L) 1998 Front Label
                            Frescobaldi Remole Chianti (1.5 L) 1998
                            Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                            • Mezzacorona Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 1998 Front Label
                              Mezzacorona Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 1998
                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                              • Bolla Bardolino (1.5 L) 1998
                                Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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                              • Tollo Trebbiano DAbruzzo (1.5 L) 1998
                                Trebbiano from Italy
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                                • Fattorie Melini Chianti Borgha dElsa (1.5L) 1998 Front Label
                                  Fattorie Melini Chianti Borgha dElsa (1.5L) 1998
                                  Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                  • Ruffino Chianti (1.5 L) 1998
                                    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                    • Banfi Col di Sasso (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998
                                      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                                      • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (1.5 L) 1998
                                        Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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                                        • Bolla Merlot (1.5 L) 1998
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                                          • Castello di Querceto DOCG Chianti (1.5 L) 1998
                                            Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                          • La Valentina Trebbiano dAbruzzo (1.5 L) 1998
                                            Trebbiano from Italy
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                                            • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998  Front Label
                                              Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998
                                              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                                            • Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998  Front Label
                                              Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998
                                              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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